2021 Big Ten Men’s Swimming Championships Day Five Heats: Who is Winning This Thing?

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2021 Big Ten Men’s Swimming Championships

Day Five Heats, Columbus, Ohio

The 2021 Big Ten men’s swimming championships continued from the campus of The Ohio State University with the 200 back, 200 breast and 100 free as this is the last of the five major power five conferences to hold their championship meet with 18 days until the NCAAs in Greensboro.

Michigan put eight in tonight’s A-Finals while Indiana and Ohio State each qualified six, as the Big Ten team title could find its way back to Ann Arbor tonight, depending on how the 1650s go.

Team Scores (through 200 free relay)

  1. Indiana 1036.5
  2. Michigan 1010
  3. Ohio State 1000
  4. Purdue 615.5
  5. Wisconsin 571
  6. Northwestern 554
  7. Penn State 496.5
  8. Iowa 444.5
  9. Minnesota 396
  10. Michigan State 149

Ups, Mids, Downs

  1. Michigan 8, 4, 1
  2. Indiana 6, 2, 4
  3. Ohio State 6, 2, 3
  4. Northwestern 1, 2, 5
  5. Purdue 1, 2, 3
  6. Penn State 1, 2, 3
  7. Minnesota 1, 1, 3
  8. Iowa 0, 5, 0
  9. Wisconsin 0, 3, 2
  10. Michigan State 0, 1, 0

100 Free

The Purdue Boilermakers, fresh off their highest relay finish in 12 years, had something to cheer about on Saturday morning in Columbus as Nikola Acin is the top seed for the 100 freestyle at 42.27. Purdue has not won an individual Big Ten title in men’s swimming since Marat Amaltdinov won the 200 breast in 2017, and has not won the 100 free since Dan Milne in 1968.

Acin is the top seed ahead of Ohio State’s 50 champ Sem Andreis (42.40) and Hunter Armstrong (42.59) as the Buckeyes are trying to win their first Big Ten title since 2010.

Michigan put three up in the A-Final with Gus Borges (42.65), River Wright (42.84) and Cam Peel (42.88) as the Wolverines are trying to win back to back titles. Indiana, the current leaders on the scoreboard, put two up in the A-Final with Tomer Frankel (42.71) and Jack Franzman (42.85).

 Event 16  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
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     B1G Meet: ! 41.43  2/24/2018 Blake J Pieroni, Indiana
                 41.71  A NCAA QUALIFYING
                 43.80  B NCAA PROVISIONAL
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Acin, Nikola     JR PUR-IN              43.25      42.27 qB     
     r:+0.72  9.63        20.16 (10.53)
          31.19 (11.03)       42.27 (11.08)
  2 Andreis, Semued  JR OSU-OH              44.23      42.40 qB     
     r:+0.71  9.78        20.46 (10.68)
          31.53 (11.07)       42.40 (10.87)
  3 Armstrong, Jose  SO OSU-OH              43.67      42.59 qB     
     r:+0.69  9.69        20.44 (10.75)
          31.62 (11.18)       42.59 (10.97)
  4 Borges, Luiz Gu  SR MICH-MI             44.25      42.65 qB     
     r:+0.67  9.61        20.35 (10.74)
          31.54 (11.19)       42.65 (11.11)
  5 Frankel, Tomer   FR Ind-IN              44.01      42.71 qB     
     r:+0.61  9.65        20.45 (10.80)
          31.57 (11.12)       42.71 (11.14)
  6 Wright, River S  SO MICH-MI             44.38      42.84 qB     
     r:+0.65  9.67        20.77 (11.10)
          31.88 (11.11)       42.84 (10.96)
  7 Franzman, Jack   JR Ind-IN              43.47      42.85 qB     
     r:+0.67  9.56        20.43 (10.87)
          31.69 (11.26)       42.85 (11.16)
  8 Peel, Cameron R  SO MICH-MI             44.49      42.88 qB     
     r:+0.68  9.43        20.26 (10.83)
          31.51 (11.25)       42.88 (11.37)

200 Back

Indiana’s Brendan Burns qualified fastest for the 200 backstroke heats at 1:40.33, as he will be joined in the final by two fellow Hoosiers in four-time 100 back champ Gabriel Fantoni (1:41.26) and Jacob Steele (1:41.43). Burns won the 200 butterfly last night and also teamed up with Fantoni to win the 400 medley relay on Wednesday night. Indiana has five A-Finalists thus far as they are battling Michigan and Ohio State for the team title.

Ohio State qualified Thomas Watkins (1:41.15) for the A-Final while Michigan qualified Wyatt Davis (1:41.34) and Jared Daigle (1:42.18) for the A-Final. The Wolverines also have five A-Finalists thus far.

Northwestern’s Manuel Martos Bacarizo (1:42.00) and Penn State’s 400 IM champ Michael Daly (1:42.10) also qualified for the A-Final.

 Event 18  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
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     B1G Meet: ! 1:38.89  2014      Eric Ress, Indiana
                 1:39.16  A NCAA QUALIFYING
                 1:45.04  B NCAA PROVISIONAL
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Burns, Brendan   SO Ind-IN            1:44.87    1:40.33 qB     
    r:+0.54  23.53        48.53 (25.00)
        1:14.14 (25.61)     1:40.33 (26.19)
  2 Watkins, Thomas  SO OSU-OH            1:45.52    1:41.15 qB     
    r:+0.57  23.70        49.52 (25.82)
        1:15.18 (25.66)     1:41.15 (25.97)
  3 Fantoni, Gabrie  SR Ind-IN            1:47.55    1:41.26 qB     
    r:+0.61  23.62        49.46 (25.84)
        1:15.64 (26.18)     1:41.26 (25.62)
  4 Davis, Wyatt M   FR MICH-MI           1:43.33    1:41.34 qB     
    r:+0.53  23.79        49.56 (25.77)
        1:15.46 (25.90)     1:41.34 (25.88)
  5 Steele, Jacob A  SR Ind-IN            1:44.71    1:41.43 qB     
    r:+0.49  23.93        49.38 (25.45)
        1:15.40 (26.02)     1:41.43 (26.03)
  6 Martos Bacarizo  JR NU-IL             1:41.82    1:42.00 qB     
    r:+0.52  23.37        48.73 (25.36)
        1:14.65 (25.92)     1:42.00 (27.35)
  7 Daly, Michael C  JR PSU-MA            1:44.04    1:42.10 qB     
    r:+0.64  23.81        49.18 (25.37)
        1:15.61 (26.43)     1:42.10 (26.49)
  8 Daigle, Jared B  JR MICH-MI           1:46.99    1:42.18 qB     
    r:+0.62  24.10        49.64 (25.54)
        1:15.65 (26.01)     1:42.18 (26.53)

200 Breast

Ohio State’s Paul DeLakis showed out well for the Buckeyes with a 1:52.20 in the heats of the 200 breaststroke as he is in line to win his third title of the week after winning the 200 IM and 200 free. DeLakis though will have his hands full with Minnesota junior and 100 breast champ Max McHugh (1:52.84), who is seeded second for the Gophers. McHugh won last night’s 100 and moved up to fourth all-time in the heats of his swim.

Ohio State put up three in the A-Final with Jason Mathews (1:53.79) and Connor Isings (1:54.36) as the Buckeyes have six A-finalists, while Indiana also has six, putting Zane Backes (1:53.92) in the A-Final.

Michigan may end up clinching the meet as they had three A-Finalists in this event and eight overall as William Chan (1:53.79), Mason Hunter (1:54.15) and AJ Bornstein (1:54.42) qualified for the A-Final.

 Event 19  Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
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     B1G Meet: ! 1:50.30  3/2/2019  Ian J Finnerty, Indiana
                 1:52.61  A NCAA QUALIFYING
                 1:58.43  B NCAA PROVISIONAL
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Delakis, Paul J  SR OSU-OH            2:01.48    1:52.20 qA     
    r:+0.73  25.59        53.89 (28.30)
        1:22.67 (28.78)     1:52.20 (29.53)
  2 McHugh, Maxwell  JR MINN-MN           1:53.17    1:52.84 qB     
    r:+0.73  25.58        54.35 (28.77)
        1:23.30 (28.95)     1:52.84 (29.54)
  3 Chan, William E  JR MICH-MI           2:00.16    1:53.27 qB     
    r:+0.68  24.91        53.66 (28.75)
        1:23.38 (29.72)     1:53.27 (29.89)
  4 Mathews, Jason   JR OSU-OH            1:57.48    1:53.79 qB     
    r:+0.70  25.92        54.48 (28.56)
        1:23.83 (29.35)     1:53.79 (29.96)
  5 Backes, Zane V   JR Ind-IN            1:59.94    1:53.92 qB     
    r:+0.70  24.81        53.48 (28.67)
        1:23.06 (29.58)     1:53.92 (30.86)
  6 Hunter, Mason H  JR MICH-MI           2:03.97    1:54.15 qB     
    r:+0.68  25.60        54.13 (28.53)
        1:23.64 (29.51)     1:54.15 (30.51)
  7 Isings, Connor   SR OSU-OH            2:02.26    1:54.36 qB     
    r:+0.72  25.30        53.90 (28.60)
        1:23.27 (29.37)     1:54.36 (31.09)
  8 Bornstein, Andr  JR MICH-MI           1:58.61    1:54.42 qB     
    r:+0.62  25.95        55.09 (29.14)
        1:24.71 (29.62)     1:54.42 (29.71)